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Letters to the Editor ~Heitz
Written by Staff Reports   
Wednesday, December 19, 2012 1:53 PM

Thanks for the colorful pictures of the winning Christmas houses’ decorating contest.  I am happy to have the addresses so my family may view these winners.
The grand prize winner, The Hamiltons, have lit up Landeck for several years. This house greets everyone with a sparkling Merry Christmas. No one knows that as I drive past decorated houses I often smile and joyfully say, “Merry Christmas to you also!”
Tim Hamilton not only decorates his own house but he made festive the Landeck signs with lights as well as the flag pole area by Landeck school. I would be remiss if I did not give credit to his wife, Jo, as well as his children, Jacob and Logan, without whose cooperation, this project could not be completed. Thanks to the Hamiltons.
Tim and his buddies, Kent Wrasman, and Gary Gerdeman also give of their time to hang the seasonal banners in Landeck. I really appreciate their helping this little village look good.
Merry Christmas
Catherine Heitz

It’s a family tradition
Written by Nancy Spencer   
Monday, December 17, 2012 11:28 AM

After the ladders were put away, the last zip tie ripped and the last bulb tightened, we now know who the first-ever winners in the “Betty Honigford Spirit of Christmas” decorating contest are.
I had the pleasure of traveling with the award committee Thursday evening and it was a good time. The winners were so gracious and all had stories of how they managed to pull it off.
The Heiing home has left me speechless. Those three boys must have crawled all over that place like ants tucking lights here, attaching them there. Just in the short time I was there Thursday evening, several families stopped by and took a tour around the yard. The inside is looking pretty good, too. Winning two awards must have felt good. A little reward for the effort.
Bev, Meghan and Holly were great. There was so much excitement. They were excited — the winners were excited — I was excited.

I know you’ve heard it before but this may be it
Written by Nancy Spencer   
Monday, December 10, 2012 12:00 PM

I’m going to say something that may surprise a few of you and those who are close to me thought they’d probably never hear: I am trying to quit smoking.

I won’t go into how it came about but know this: my husband gave me the strength to say it was OK to quit. I don’t know how to explain it but those of you who have quit or attempted to quit know what I mean. When I would tell people I didn’t want to talk about quitting because it just made me want one, they would laugh. I was serious. I have smoked for longer than I have done just about anything except breath. Ironic, isn’t it?

I have a friend who is 90-some days clean and chewing the gum like a mad man. Now he’s addicted to “chewing the gum.” I’m serious. I talked to him Friday and he was at the point where just when you think it will be OK and you can do it, it’s like the first week all over again. His eyes had that gleam that told of a man on the edge. One false move and it was all over.

Letter to the Editor ~Heitz
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Wednesday, November 28, 2012 1:00 PM

Dear community,
Have you toured these two treasures in our community, the Delphos Museum of Postal History and the Delphos Canal Commission Museum.
If you have an opportunity when Gary Levitt is giving a tour at the postal museum, please attend. He has so much information that his tours are interesting even to a person like me who is not a stamp collector. If you are a stamp collector, plan on spending hours at this museum.
The second treasure is the Delphos Canal Commission Museum. From now to Christmas, there are many decorated trees at the Christmas Tree Festival. The themes vary from tree to tree. Some trees are decorated by community groups while others are decorated by volunteers at the museum. Several trees are decorated with items which will be given to local charities. A group or a family may wish to do this next year. However if the trees do not interest you, the displays in the museum are wonderful. If you look carefully, you will notice you are touring a parlor, dining room, bed room, and a kitchen.  Upstairs there is an old store, a school room, a log cabin, a military display with a barbwire tree, toys from the past, and a medical display. There is also the torture machine, an old fashioned machine used for hair permanents. More than one older lady could tell about their scalp burns. The basement has farm items, items from roads and items manufactured in Delphos. There are other displays, too.
The price is family friendly because both are free but a donation is always welcome.
Thanks to all who volunteer their time to build and maintain these two Delphos treasures.
Catherine Heitz

Letter to the Editor~Wrasman
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Monday, November 26, 2012 2:35 PM | Updated ( Wednesday, February 27, 2013 3:20 PM )



I was watching on the news the day before Thanksgiving at the President giving amnesty to two turkeys. OK, an American social tradition to bring a little humor to the holiday. He then proceeds to make two signs of the Cross over the pair, in imitation of Catholic blessing/absolution. If that were a Muslim sign of ritual he was mocking, the White House would be burnt as the consulate in Bengazi for Thanksgiving Day.

Mr. President, you thumb your nose at our teachings by forcing us to provide contraception and abortion in our health insurance, then you mock our rituals by performing them over turkeys. What’s next? This only proves to me and to the rest of the country your lack of respect for, and persecution of, faith at work in this country.

When you took the oath of office four years ago, you promised to “preserve, protect and defend the constitution of the United States so help me God.” Did you mean the whole constitution, or just what you pick and choose? Remember, this was before God. I suggest you think about this on Jan. 20.


Marlene Wrasman